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The Importance of Water


When it comes to a dog's nutrition, water is more imporant than protein, fat, carbohydrates and vitamins. Dogs continuously lose water all day, so a good rule of thumb is to make sure your dog gets 1 ounce of water for each pound he or she weighs. To keep track of how much water your dog drinks, make note of how high the water bowl is filled and how far it has dropped the following day. 



It is also important to always keep water available. Leave the water bowl where your pet can get to it easily. Clean the bowl daily, and refill it often so that the supply of water can stay fresh. Some dogs like to drink from the toilet, but this is not a clean source of water. It is best to keep the toilet lid closed so your dog stays out. 


If you are not monitoring your dog's water intake properly, dehydration can harm your pet. If your dog is showing little energy, no interest in eating, sunken eyes, and/or a dry mouth, he or she may be suffering from dehydration. To check for dehydration, lift the skin on the back of your dog's neck or between the shoulders. It should sink back to normal place right away, if it does not, your pet most likely is suffering from dehydration. Following up with a veterinarian will help your dog get back to a healthy, happy state!


Tonight will be a wine tasting event with the Skinner Bark Park Community Group from 6-8pm. This event will help raise money for maintenance of Skinner Bark Park, which is a dog friendly area in the West Loop (1340 W. Madison) . Tickets are $20 and the event will have a silent auction, dog photobooth, wine tasting, and trivia!

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